By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
There was a beautiful sunrise this morning as I stepped out on the east side balcony before leaving Seneca Towers for my watch. The temperature was 61 (F) 16 (C)
I checked from the west side balcony first before the sun was even showing and saw Seth on the south side ledge of the bridge. I could hear a juvie whining but couldn’t see it so I went down to my car. I checked the perimeter of the building but never found the juvie.
I left for downtown-from the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) I spotted a falcon in the Powers nest box with its back to me. At first I thought it was a juvie but it turned out to be Beauty.
She would stay in the nest for the next hour-during this time I left for a check around downtown for the rest of the family but didn’t find anyone else. Beauty came out at 7:10am to do some preening and pulling down feathers out as she is in a molt. I drove to Aqueduct St. by Main St. to observe at a closer range.
You can see that she’s looking a little rough around the edges as she molts-it can be a very uncomfortable time for them. I had another run around at this time with no luck finding any other falcons
After an hour there Beauty stood up and flew back to the nest box. I went back to the ASB to make sure that’s where she was and at least this time she was facing out.
It concerned me that Beauty spent so much time at this nest site today. I hope that she and Dot.ca are not going to choose this site for next years brood as there are no working cameras here and it’s a bit difficult to watch them from the ground. I hope whomever is responsible for removing this nest box does it before they start bonding in the box. The Beautyful one should be hanging out at her own scrape on Times Square (TSB) where y’all at home can see her.
Anyway, I got a tweet from Larry that he could see an adult at the Powers nest and one under the northeast wing of TSB from the pedestrian bridge. I left for the hole to see who was on TSB-it was Mr. Clean, his whiteness, DC facing the sun and looking brilliant! He did some stretching and a little preening as he watched over his territory.
At 8:30am DC turned to the north and flew away out of view. I left and as I was driving down State St. I could see him on the top arm of the Frontier Communications tower.
Arriving at Seneca Towers, I found Billie on the north side railing with her back to me from my spot on East Ridge Rd. near St. Paul St.
She didn’t stay long as she flew off to the north. I ended my watch after that at 9am.
So I saw all 4 adults on watch today but no juvies at either site. At any rate, I’ll keep smiling just the same!
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